Early Spyder Wins Major Cup
At the 2014 Cavallino Classic Concorso d’Eleganza, the winner of the Scuderia Ferrari Cup for the Finest Competition Ferrari was the 1948 166 Spyder Corsa, s/n 016 I, from the Collier Collection. In 1948, this 166 Spyder Corsa, driven by Luigi Chinetti, was the first Ferrari to win a major endurance race, the 12 Hours of Montlhéry. Later returning to set 3 FIA speed records as well.
In 1949, the 166 SC s/n 016 I was the first Ferrari competition car imported to the US, arriving on June 7th, four days before the Bridgehampton race.
In 1950, Briggs Cunningham drove this Spyder Corsa to the first US win for
Ferrari, at the Suffolk County Airport Race on May 7th. After the car was badly damaged at Watkins Glen the following September, it remained in the Cunningham Collection for 33 years.
In 2011 – 2013: In the historic timeline of a great racing car there are numerous points one could choose to represent in the restoration. In collaboration with the Collier Collection, it was decided to pick up the story just before the 1950 damage and subsequent repairs to the original bodywork and chassis. Fortunately research was made manageable with the extensive archive of the REVS Institute, supplemented by private collections around the world. To complement the authentic restoration, the decision was made to paint the body in nitrocellulose lacquer, as it was in 1948. With time and use the car will earn its own authentic patina.
Info from Paul Russell / Image by Peter Singhof www.classiccarphotography.de